Zap!

And how much longer a story has science
Before she must put out the light on the children
And tell them the rest of the story is dreaming?
-Robert Frost



"Did you know that electricity moves so quickly it can zip seven times around the world in the time it takes to snap your finger? You would if you'd come under the enthusiastic and highly informative tutelage of Zap Woman (a.k.a. Sarah Salerno Thomas)(and her lively theatrical presentation on the marvels of electricity) at the MIT Museum."

Beth Campbell
Boston Globe

Zap! is an interactive performance which uses theater, poetry, and a wide array of props to introduce children to the amazing world of electricity. Children learn electrical safety through the heroics of Zap! Girl, played by an audience volunteer who is transformed into a costumed superhero. She is joined by her trusty tiger for interviews and demonstrations on the Good Afternoon, America and Lifestyles of the Speedy and Heroic shows.

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Concepts such as atoms, electrons, circuits, and conductors are conveyed with a hands-on, easy-to-understand method. A child—assuming the role of a professor—defines atoms and electrons, then leads the children in a game that illustrates how electricity is made from them. An authority on the speed of electricity—another audience member—wins BIG money for sharing his or her expertise. And a fine speller is also a winner for guessing the five-syllable word spelled at lightning speed.

The production gives children the opportunity to complete a circuit and predict whether objects will be conductors or nonconductors. The show closes with a question and answer period. Suggestions for interdisciplinary follow-up activities are available. Recommended for ages 6-12. Running time: approx. 50 min.



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"The children were intrigued by your creative and imaginative props, and were delighted that they could participate in the entire performance... Many parents told us that their children talked about Zap! for days... We will highly recommend you to other schools looking for an "electrifying" performer/educator."
Piney Kesting-Handly, former Cultural Enrichment Committee Co-Chair
Kingsley Montessori School
Boston MA

"You provided an exciting, entertaining and informational program in which everyone was engaged. Parents came up after the program expressing their appreciation for this wonderful introduction to the world of electricity. We had a wide range of ages and you were able to interact successfully with everyone and involve them in the presentation."
Jane Malmberg, Asst. Supervisor, Children's Dept.
Newton Free Library
Newton, MA

"Your production was first-rate. Our audience loved it. Especially good is your intense interaction with children. You are one of the most skillful presenters I have ever encountered."
Marcia Conroy, former Education Coordinator
M.I.T. Museum
Cambridge, MA
Zap Girl

The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside
-Emily Dickinson